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The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.
|Sponsor and Award||Entry Fee||Genre||Cash Prize||Prize includes||Application Deadline|
Tartt Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000, publication by Livingston Press, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first collection of short stories by a U.S. citizen. Fiction writers who have not published a short story...
Mississippi Review Prize
Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a poem and a short story. Current or former University of Southern Mississippi students are ineligible....
Morehead State University
Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing
A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by an Appalachian writer. The winner is invited to give a reading in October at Morehead State University....
|$0||Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||Reading||12/7/15|
Two prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction from an LGBT point of view and a first book of fiction by an LGBT author. Two prizes of $1,000 each are also given for books of creative...
|$35||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||12/8/15|
Editors' Book Award
A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been submitted to but not accepted by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes "worthy manuscripts that have...
|$0||Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||$1,000||11/15/15|
Tony Quagliano Poetry Fund
International Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 is given biennially to an experimental or avant-garde poet. Poets who have published at least one poetry collection or 20 poems in five or more journals or anthologies are eligible....